Canadian and New Zealand Radio Stations Pull Michael Jackson's Music

Canadian and New Zealand Radio Stations Pull Michael Jackson's Music

Three major Montreal radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs as a result of child-molestation allegations against the late musician that aired Sunday in an HBO documentary.

The two-part, four hour documentary on HBO tells Wade Robson and James Safechuck's stories of detailed allegations of repeated abuse over years by the singer who died in 2009.

Jackson's family claims both men are making false claims for money and Jackson's estate is suing HBO for airing the film.

It's all here, if you have an ounce of suspicion that Jackson's cosy sleepovers with boys as young as seven - Robson's age, when he says he was first sexually abused - might ever have crossed a line.

Fans have defended the pop star, while others have supported the accusers and have spoken out against listening to his music.

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So far - radio and streaming services haven't pulled Jackson's music but that could change as backlash grows.

As the NYT points out, Leon Wratt, the content director for New Zealand radio network MediaWorks, gave an interview on Magic, one of the company's stations, explaining the rationale.

The Guardian reports that NZ Government-owned broadcaster RNZ has applied "editorial judgement" in its decision not to air Jackson's music. "This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences - it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear". That includes the commercial radio broadcaster MediaWorks, CNN reports. Those stations include CKOI, Rhyme and The Beat.

Cumulus Media in the US said it would not ban specific artists.

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